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The Labor Department reports that database administrators made a median salary of $77,080 in 2012. The highest-paid 10 percent in the profession earned $118,720, while the lowest-paid earned $42,930 that year. Some of the most highly compensated positions can be found in these industries: computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing, communications equipment manufacturing and natural gas distribution. The top-paying metropolitan areas for this position are scattered throughout the country, with San Francisco, Trenton, N.J., and Washington, D.C., taking the top three spots.

Job Salary Year
2004 $68,510.00
2006 $71,310.00
2008 $77,140.00
2010 $75,730.00
2012 $79,120.00

Average Database Administrator Pay vs. All Technology Jobs

Bringing home a mean annual salary of $79,120, or about $38.04 per hour, database administrators are well-compensated. But they are eclipsed in the paycheck department by computer systems analysts, software developers and IT managers, which check in with mean salaries of $83,800, $93,280 and $129,130, respectively. However, the average database administrator earns about $860 more annually than the average computer programmer.

Job Name Salary
IT Manager $120,950.00
Software Developer $90,060.00
Computer Systems Analyst $79,680.00
Database Administrator $77,080.00
Database Administrator $77,080.00
Computer Programmer $74,280.00

Best Paying Cities for Database Administrators

The highest paid in the database administrator profession work in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Trenton, N.J., and Washington, D.C. The San Jose, Calif. area also pays well, as does the city of Bethesda, Md.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $96,390 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a database administrator working in San Francisco is $96,390, which is $19,310 more than the average pay in the profession.

Trenton, N.J.

Average Salary: $95,740 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a database administrator working in Trenton, N.J. is $95,740, which is $18,660 more than the average pay in the profession.

Washington, D.C.

Average Salary: $95,690 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a database administrator working in Washington, D.C. is $95,690, which is $18,610 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Jose, Calif.

Average Salary: $95,490 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a database administrator working in San Jose, Calif. is $95,490, which is $18,410 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bethesda, Md.

Average Salary: $92,560 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a database administrator working in Bethesda, Md. is $92,560, which is $15,480 more than the average pay in the profession.

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Last updated by Nathan Hellman.


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